300 point program
3 years full-time / part-time unavailable
31 October for commencement the following year.
Note that this is also the closing date for scholarship applications.
The criteria for assessing you eligibility for PhD candidature are:
- You are normally required to have completed at least a four-year honours degree at H2A standard from an Australian university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered by the RHD Committee to be equivalent. For particular disciplines you are also required to complete, at an appropriate level, a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or a Graduate Record Entry (GRE) test.
Minimum level of academic achievement
- You should have achieved an overall H1 (80-100%) or H2A (75-79%) grade in the relevant honours or Masters degree.
Relevance of the degree
- Your should already have an understanding and appreciation of a body of knowledge relevant to your intended PhD.
Evidence of research ability
- You are normally required to have completed a research project/component that accounts for at least 25% of your year's work at fourth year or at Masters level. Graduates of certain professional degrees at the University of Melbourne (including MBBS, BVSc, LLB, BPhysio and BEng) are deemed to have met this requirement.
Currency of knowledge of the discipline
- Your qualifications and/or professional experience must demonstrate that the knowledge in which you plan to undertake your research higher degree is current.
Assessment of level of suitability
- Based on an interview or other verbal communication, an assessment is made regarding your understanding, motivation and time commitment for study. For example, a full-time student would be expected to devote 40 hours per week and a part-time student 20 hours per week.
All PhD applications for the VCA must be accompanied by a research proposal. The PhD research proposal (2000 words) of the proposed research project must include:
- Statement of the project's central concern(s) or 'Research Question';
- Explanation of the conceptual framework of the project and/or summary of the research methods to be used;
- An argument for the relevance and importance of the study;
- Description of the nature of the final submission - the form that the body of creative work will take and how it will be presented; the nature of the dissertation and its relationship to the body of creative work;
- Methodology/Approach - This section should outline the approaches you intend to take and what you intend to do. For example:
- Identify whether the research is qualitative, quantitative or practice-led research;
- In practice-led research, identify the specific techniques/technologies and approaches that are central to the research;
- Identify if the research involves analysis of primary works (including a list of the works and performances);
- Bibliography - identify some of the key literature, artworks and performances that inform your proposed work.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to align their proposed research project with the strategic research focus of the Faculty of the VCA and MCM and one of the University's Three Grand Challenges: understanding our place and purpose; fostering health and wellbeing; or supporting sustainability and resilience.
Folio of Creative Works
Please submit a folio including that provides demonstration of your previous relevant creative work in portfolio and/or digital form. This may include a selection of DVD or CD-ROMs relevant printed materials including samples of writing and performance catalogues and reviews. Please identify each segment clearly as to your role and relationship to the work.
Note: Weblinks to online content or image files are not suitable and cannot be viewed by the Selection Committee.
Submit your Application
Please ensure you include academic transcripts, research proposal (where required), instrument (where required), proof of identity, evidence of English proficiency, previous publications and referees' reports with your application. Uploads must be 6MB or smaller, pdf files are preferred.
Additional application material, such as folios, audition DVDs and the like can be submitted as follows:
- upload to the admissions system (Max 6MB, will only accept Word, Acrobat, Jpeg, Excel and Tif files).
- email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- upload to a cloud service and email email@example.com with the link
- send the folio direct to the faculty at:
VCA and MCM Graduate Research Admissions
Faculty of VCA and MCM Research Office
University of Melbourne
- Hand your folio directly to the Research Office in the Old Police Hospital building on the corner of StKilda Rd and Southbank Bde, enter the building and use the phone to ring the research office.
Please ensure you clearly write your name and the course you are applying for on the front of any submission.
Interviews and Auditions
Your application will be reviewed by our Selection Committee. If you are shortlisted, the Research Office will contact you after the application closing date with an interview time. If you are unable to attend the interview in person, your application and supporting material (as outlined above) will provide the basis for an online or telephone interview.
The purpose of the interview is to discuss your application and assess your suitability for the course.
You should be prepared to discuss your research proposal and portfolio.